In a decision with potentially large ramifications, New York Federal Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall won't dismiss a libel suit against "Shitty Media Men" creator Moira Donegan.
Explaining, the judge says it is possible that Donegan created the entry herself. The judge believes that Elliott should be able to explore whether the entry was fabricated. Accordingly, discovery proceeds, which will now put pressure on Google to respond to broad subpoena demands. The next motion stage could feature a high-stakes one about the reaches of CDA 230.
Happy D.B. Cooper Day!
It’s the 39th anniversary of the semi-legendary D.B. Cooper’s hijacking of a Boeing 727 for $200,00 ransom. Receiving the money, Cooper then made his escape by parachuting out of the airplane. The case remains unsolved. Ah, for the good old days when airplane hijackings were for the comparatively innocuous purposes of ransoms and such.
It’s not, it must be noted, one of his best songs, but here’s the wonderful Todd Snider’s homage to D.B. Cooper:
[N.B. — For those unacquainted with Snider (unfortunately, almost everyone) but who enjoy the likes of John Prine and Jerry Jeff Walker, I highly recommend Snider’s 2003 Near Truths and Hotel Rooms.]